Belief systems and the perception of reality – book out now

Out now! Belief systems and the perception of reality

This book focuses on the social psychology of belief systems and how they influence perceptions of reality. These belief systems, from politics to religion to science, shape one’s thoughts and views, but also can be the cause of conflict and disagreement over values, particularly when they are enacted in political policies.

In Belief Systems and the Perceptions of Reality, editors Bastiaan Rutjens and Mark Brandt examine the social psychological effects at the heart of the conflict, by bringing together contributions under five themes: Motivated Reasoning; Inequality; Threat; Scientists Interpreting Science; and People Interpreting Science. This book aims to create a more integrated understanding of reality perception and its connection with belief systems, viewed through the lens of social psychology.

Follow this link for a University of Amsterdam press release.

More information can be found here

 

Essay on science distrust

What makes people distrust science? Short essay published at Aeon.

Why do people believe in scientific conspiracy theories and how do they spread?

The genesis of a conspiracy theory: Why do people believe in scientific conspiracy theories and how do they spread?

Read the EMBO Report here

BA/Leverhulme Grant – A comparison of Danish and Dutch believers

Frenk van Harreveld and Bastiaan Rutjens participate in a project in which it will be investigated whether between-country differences in Christian identity would be strengthened by priming participants with salience of threat to the national economy.

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4 dingen die je niet wist over bijgeloof

Cooperatie Dela heeft een stuk over bijgeloof gepubliceerd, op basis van een interview met Bastiaan. Zie de website van Dela

New paper on illusory control and sense of agency out in Cognition

Our paper on illusory control and sense of agency among children and adults is now in press at Cognition. See publications for more info.

New paper out in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology

A new paper on “The ABC of Ambivalence” is now in press at Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. See publications for more info.

Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue Workshop

Bastiaan Rutjens will present recent work at the Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue Workshop, organized by Cristine Legare at the University of Texas at Austin. More info can be found here.

Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?

A post on Epiphenom about our recent article (in press at International Journal for the Psychology of Religion) on belief in social-moral progress, February 2015.

 

 

Why tidying your desk might make conspiracy theories seem less plausible

ConspiracyPsychology.com, a UK blog by four researchers with an interest in the psychology of conspiracy beliefs, devoted attention to our 2014 paper on ambivalence and compensatory order perceptions

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